Police: 3 killed at NC lumber company; gunman hurt

By The Associated Press

STAR, N.C. — A disgruntled employee opened fire at a lumber company early Friday, killing three people and injuring another person before he drove home and turned the gun on himself, leaving him wounded, authorities said.

The person injured at the McBride Lumber Co. in central North Carolina was flown to a hospital, Sheriff Dempsey Owens said. The gunman was also taken to a hospital.

The shooter left a note but police would not reveal what it said. Authorities also haven’t released the names of the shooting victims or gunman.

Owens said witnesses reported the gunman was a disgruntled employee, though it wasn’t clear what he was upset over.

The company’s founder’s, Dorothy McBride, said she was shocked.

“Oh, my God, I can’t believe it,” McBride said. “I just can’t talk about it right now. I have to find out more.”

A family-owned business, the company makes pallets and treated wood for furniture and other products.